KTHT 97.1 "Country Legends 97.1" is a 100,000 watt FM station licensed to Cleveland, TX, that includes service to Houston with its classic country format. The station is owned by Cox Radio and is co-owned with KGLK, KHPT, and KKBQ. It is headquartered out of Suite 2300 at 3 Post Oak Central in the Uptown district in Houston, Texas, United States and has a transmitter site in Sam Houston National Forest in Polk County, Texas.
Signed on as KRTK in May 1991 to simulcast 92.1 KRTS classical music programming to increase the station's coverage in Houston. It was sold four years later after KRTS request to increase power was approved by the FCC.
Since then, 97.1 has seen Regional Mexican/Ranchera as KEYH-FM (simulcasting 850 KEYH AM) and as Regional Mexican "Estereo 97", which later became "Que Onda 97". Under AM/FM, it acquired the KKTL calls as "Houston's Talk FM, 97 Talk". After the talk format floundered it was switched to simulcast KTBZ-FM "107-5 The Buzz". It continued simulcasting 107.5 after KTBZ and KLDE "Oldies 94.5" swapped frequencies in 2000, the result of an ownership trade-off in the AM-FM/Clear Channel merger. Newcomer Cox Radio got KKTL and the 107.5 facility where KLDE was moved. On November 4, 2000 at noon it became Rhythmic/CHR as KTHT "Hot 97.1". The first song on Hot was "Party Up" by DMX. On January 2, 2003, at Noon, after playing "Back That Azz Up" by Juvenile, 97.1 flipped to classic country as "Country Legends 97.1". The first song on Country Legends was "You Never Even Called Me by My Name" by David Allan Coe.
Dan Gallo and Chuck Akers host the morning show, weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Al Farb, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Christi Brooks, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Callsign & moniker history
- KRTK - 05/03/1991 (K-Arts)
- KEYH-FM - 09/18/1995
- KOHD - 03/11/1996
- KRTK - 02/10/1997 (K-Arts again)
- KKTL - 09/22/1997 (97 Talk)
- KKTL-FM - 03/19/1999 (simulcast of 107-5 The Buzz, Oldies 107.5)
- KTHT - 11/13/2000 (Hot 97-1, Country Legends 97.1)